Pakistan to pull out of Asia Cup and World T20?

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“If we feel it is not secure for our team in Bangladesh, or if we get advice from the government, then we will have to act accordingly”

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are considering pulling out of the Asia Cup and World Twenty20, both of which are set to be hosted by Bangladesh, due to the country’s political instability.

A source within the PCB told PTI that there are also concerns about the increase in violence, especially after the West Indies Under-19 team pulled out of their tour when a bomb exploded near their hotel in Chittagong.

“We are monitoring the situation but we are waiting to see what the International Cricket Council decides in January, whether to hold the World T20 in Bangladesh in March-April or shift it somewhere else,” the source said. “If the ICC shifts the World T20 from Bangladesh, then the Asia Cup (in Feb-March) will also be called off in Bangladesh and postponed for the next few months until a feasible window and host is found for the tournament.”

The source added that if the security situation deteriorates any further, then the PCB are likely to pull out of the tournament right away.

“That is an option always open to us because if we feel it is not secure for our team in Bangladesh, or if we get advice from the government, then we will have to act accordingly,” the source said.

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